Lighting Controls for Energy Savings
If you’re ever looking for an interesting perspective on
technology, chances are your parents have one.
Take my father for instance; he has taken lighting innovation to the
next level. As opposed to upgrading his
lighting controls to reduce his energy bill, he has evolved to develop echolocation
sensory capabilities (what bats use to navigate in the dark) so he can walk
through our house with scarcely any light.
Honestly, two fixtures, dimmed to their lower limit, is all the light
you will find throughout the house after sunset.
To his credit, he does use some lighting controls (dimmers),
but thankfully lighting controls have come a long way so the rest of us (normal
humans) need not develop extrasensory capabilities to save energy.
Lighting controls technologies today include dimmers, occupancy
sensors, time scheduling, bi-level switching, and demand lighting. For a description of these technologies and
their applications, click
here. To maximize your savings, it
is best to consider a whole building strategy; for most applications, this
involves using multiple lighting controls in conjunction.
If you own or operate a commercial building and are
considering lighting upgrades, you should know that there is significant
potential for savings. The use of
occupancy sensors alone is estimated to reduce lighting energy costs by 25-40%,
depending on their application. You
don’t need to live in the dark to save a buck, but good luck convincing your
parents of that.
For more information on lighting upgrades for commercial and
industrial applications, visit www.nemasavesenergy.com.
09-27-2010 3:04 PM